The Skincare Line up: June 11th, 2021

Welcome my darlings to the weekly skincare line up.  Most everything this week is still in motion from last week but there was a little change.  This week I tried out a new lip Scrub and I swapped out my essence product. So let’s see what products there are in the lineup this week.


Daytime Skin Care

Deodorant: Native Powder and Cotton Deodorant

Cleanser: La Roche Posay Toleriane Purifying Foam Cleanser

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Toning Essence: Time Revolution Artemisia Treatment Essence from Missha

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Serum: Peach and Lily Glass Skin Refining Serum

Eye Cream: Elemis Pro-Collagen Eye Revive Mask

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Moisturizer: First Aid Beauty Ultra Repair Oil Control Moisturizer

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Eye Serum: Dior Capture Totale Super Potent Eye Serum

Sunscreen: Volition Prismatic Luminizing Shield in SPF 50

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Pretty much all of the continuing products are doing well.  The La Roche Posay cleanser has been a go to for quite some time and at this point I am slowly just working my way through the bottle.  Because everything else is stable though, I am thinking of switching it out for the upcoming week.  I have several cleansers I want to try and they are ones I haven’t used before.  While I still have about a quarter of the bottle of The La Roche Posay left, I kind of want to keep it in reserve in case one of the never before tried cleansers cause problems.  I kind of like having that familiar back up as I try out some of the unknowns.  Plus at the moment all of the other elements of my skin care line up are pretty stable.  I know how they work with my skin and none of them cause issues.  So this might be the perfect time to test out a new cleanser. I will look in my skin care drawer later to make my final determination.

The new item this week is the Time Revolution Artemisia Treatment Essence. It was sent to me for the purpose of review by the brand Missha.  Missha is a Korean skincare brand and if you have never heard of Artemisia, it is a fancy way of saying Mugwort Essence.  I’ve actually used it in a face mask from Facetory so I knew mugwort worked well with my skin.  It was actually one of the ingredients that really helped sooth my skin after I had that really bad sunburn last year. The product has zero scent to it.  I could detect nothing when I sniffed, and I tried to find a scent.  There was nothing.  On the skin it is very light weight and soothing.  It also feels like it is opening the pores, which is essentially what the essence category of skincare is supposed to do.  An essence is supposed to help your skin prepare for other products.  I noticed that when I used it the serum (currently the Peach and Lily Glass Skin Serum) absorbed more quickly.  I’ve also been spending more time outside latly and in the sun.  While I have my sunscreen on,  my skin is feeling the effects of more time in the sun so having a soothing product on hand is a nice idea.  This was my first week of trying the product out, but I am really enjoying it and will keep it in the line up.  Once I’ve used it long enough to determine its effects over time, I’ll break it out into a full review and we’ll go deep into Mugwort land. For now, I like it and will continue using it.

And the glass bottle looks lovely on my skin care shelf.  Which isn’t the most important thing, but it is a nice perk.

The only item I am having any issues with this week is the Native Deodorant.  Technically it isn’t really an issue but more of a reminder.  A deodorant and an antiperspirant aren’t the same thing.  Given the intense heat and humidity I have already accepted the fact that my workout t-shirts are going to be sweat stained and grungy.  It is one of the reason I work out in Hanes t-shirts.  They are relatively inexpensive ad can take a beating.  I wear them, I seat in them, and then I wash them until they reach a point where they can no longer really be washed.  Then I relegate them to the rag bag and buy a new pack.  The Native Deodorant works well with this system.  I have had to pick up am Antiperspirant for when I go out though.  Some clothes and situations, I don’t want to be showing pit stains. That is just a fact of my life. For that I went with the Dove Powder scented antiperspirant.

And so now we look to the night.

Night Time Skincare

Makeup Remover: Elemis Pro-Collagen Cleansing Balm

Cleanser: La Roche Posay Toleriane Purifying Foam Cleanser

Toner: Time Revolution Artemisia Treatment Essence from Missha

Serum: Peach and Lily Glass Skin Refining Serum

Eye Cream: Elemis Pro-Collagen Eye Revive Mask

Moisturizer: First Aid Beauty Ultra Repair Oil Control Moisturizer

Eye Serum: Dior Capture Totale Super Potent Eye Serum

Neck serum: Dermelect Self Esteem Beauty Sleep Serum

Lips: Bite Beauty Agave Lip Mask (in Maple), Avant lip Scrub

.Night Mask: Bloom Effects Royal Tulip Nectar Night Mask

Again there really isn’t much change.  I am using the Time Revolution Essence at night as well as in the day, and if anything, I like it better at night because it soothes the skin after having been in the sun. 

This week I also used the Avant Lip Scrub.  You can read my full review of it here.  The short version is that while all of the ingredients are nice and it works really well, it tastes awful.  I am going to keep it around and try to use it once in awhile just to use it up because I hate waste and it does work nicely.  But because of the taste it will be a once in a while thing rather than regular usage. I’ll need some time between uses to forget how bad it tastes. I will be trying out a different lip scrub in my lip care routine.

In other Skincare…

Versed Press Restart Gentle Retinol Serum

Herbivore Prism AHA + BHA Glow Facial

Go-to Skin Care Face Hero Facial Oil

To be honest, this past weekend I ended up using the Herbal Dynamics Beauty Cacao and Chamomile mask instead of the Herbivore.  I had some clogged pores mostly around my nose that I wanted to bring to the surface and get rid of.  It worked as beautifully as always and of course smelled fantastic. 

And as my week spiraled out of control, I ended up skipping the Tuesday and Thursday Retinol and oil routine.  So all three of the items in my other skin care list were skipped this week.  So exfoliation was skipped.  I might go for an exfoliating face mask this afternoon to make up for it.

So that my darlings was my skincare line up this week.  Most of the products are chugging along, I am testing out a new essence that appears to be working well and I skipped exfoliation. Next week I’ll be trying out a new cleanser and a couple of my skin care items will have reached the thirty day mark.  I can’t wait to look at the before and after photos. This time, I made sure to put them in a safe file. And not accidentally purge them. Like I did with my last eye cream trial photos. But for now, this was my week with skincare.

Using the First Aid Beauty Facial Radiance Pads

Until this year the last time I used pre-moistened toner pads was back in middle and high school where they were acne fighting toner pads.  Then I picked up the Elemis exfoliating tone pads and I thought, Wow, what have I been missing?  I really liked them, so I was thrilled when another set of toner pads, the First Aid Beauty Facial Radiance Toner Pads came my way via a subscription box.  I had other products to work through and since I know they tend to start drying out once you open them, I held off for a while before opening to give this a try. 

Recently I had a very good experience with the Coconut Water gel cream from First Aid Beauty.  I tried a sample and instantly wished it was a full sized version.  It is high on my list of full sizes to pick up in the near future.  So because of both my recent positive experiences with both toner pads and First Aid Beauty, I was excited to try these out.  But first, let’s see what the product is supposed to do.

A daily treatment pad that contains just the right amount of Lactic and Glycolic Acids to safely and effectively exfoliate, tone, and brighten all skin types, including sensitive. Facial Radiance Pads are safe for daily use by all skin types—even sensitive. Cucumber and Indian Gooseberry help tone skin while Lemon Peel and Licorice Root leave the complexion looking bright and glowing. Regular use of these pads will smooth the skin’s texture—providing the perfect canvas for flawless makeup application.

FULL INGREDIENTS: Water/Aqua/Eau, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice, Glycerin, Cucumis Sativus Fruit Extract, Lactic Acid, Glycolic Acid, Leuconostoc/Radish Root Ferment Filtrate, Chrysanthemum Parthenium Extract, Sodium Hydroxide, Polysorbate 20, Camellia Sinensis Leaf Extract, Glycyrrhiza Glabra Root Extract, Citrus Nobilis Fruit Extract, Citrus Limon Peel Extract, Hyaluronic Acid, Phyllanthus Emblica Fruit Extract, EDTA, Tetrasodium EDTA, Phenoxyethanol, Chlorphenesin.

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Okay, so I broke the seal holding all the moisture into the toner pads and committed to using them until they were gone.

Thin but slight textured for light exfoliation

First, the scent.  They smell vaguely like soap but other wise, I could detect no real scent to them. The toner pads themselves are a little thin and have the tendency to roll up on themselves when you swipe across the face, but this isn’t a major issue and easily fixed when it happens. They are textured which provides a nice light exfoliation, helping to sweep away the dirt and makeup.

The pads themselves are a little wetter than I would like and they do leave a fair amount of serum on the skin. I found myself patting my face dry after using them because the serum used in the product isn’t one that absorbs well into the skin. At least not my skin.  I think it is a serum designed to exfoliate, not really absorb.

I will say my skin did look good while using these toner pads.  The Facial Radiance Pads from FAB are safe to use daily.  On my skin there was no problem using them daily, and they did help with texture issues.  Most of my texture is caused by clogged pores creating bumps under the skin. The serum in these pads did a very good job clearing out those clogged pores and giving the skin a much smoother appearance.

However, the serum left my skin feeling sticky.  I have looked over the ingredients list multiple times, but I cannot identify the culprit.  But whatever it is, my skin felt sticky.  What I found myself doing with these pads the longer I used them was to use a cleansing oil or balm to remove my makeup, then use the Facial Radiance Pads, then I would wait a little while, leaving the bathroom to do other things before bed, and then coming back washing my face with my regular cleanser, then toning and following with serum and moisturizer.  I just could not leave the serum from these toner pads on my skin without feeling like I needed to wash it.  So I gave it a little time to work it’s magic and then washed it off to continue with my routine.

Used this way, the Facial Radiance Pads were extremely effective.  It required a little thinking and planning to use them to their full advantage, but they were effective.  They are kind of like the prima donna of the skin care routine.  You have to schedule them and give them their space.  Then they will perform.

This leaves me with divided thoughts on this product as I finally finish the last Facial Radiance Pad in my little jar.  Do they work? Yes.  Would I mind keeping them around? No, not at all.  I think they would be nice to keep around.  I just wouldn’t use them everyday.  And there is the issue.  Because  pre-moistened toner pads start to dry out as soon as you open them and so you have to pretty much commit to using them every day once you open the product or you risk wasting them as they dry out.  That is just their nature. 

Now there is a compromise.

The full sized version of this product contains 60 toner pads.  The smaller size (which I have) is 28 toner pads. While for me, the large would just be too many, I could see getting the smaller 28 ct jar ad using it the month before a big event.  I could see opening it a month before my skin needed to look it’s best and then adjusting my skin care routine around just for that month.  It means that all of the pads could be used before they dry out and I wouldn’t have to commit to a two month ritual.  While the 60 ct jar is $34, the $28 ct jar is only $17.  I could very much see myself adding this to my pre even prep a month before the event, especially at that price. I just know I wouldn’t use them on a daily basis.

Peter Thomas Roth has two sales starting today that you might want to take advantage of. The first is BOGO Masks (buy 1 mask get one 30% off). This deal runs through 10/31 and you will need to use the coupon code  BOGOMASK at checkout. I highly recommend the Pumpkin Enzyme Mask as it is one of my favorites. It smells fabulous and works fantastically.

The second sale is the Fall Back Sale 20% off Sitewide. It starts today and runs through november 1st. You would use the Coupon Code: FALLBACK for this one. In addition to the Pumpkin Enzyme mask I would recommend the PTR Skin to Die For Primer and the Hungarian Thermal Water Mineral Rich Moisturizer. All three are on my to be purchased list. I am also thinking of the mask set (pictured below as a christmas gift this year for a cousin who loves skin care as much as I do (and in fact recommended the Pumpkin Enzyme mask to me in the first place)